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Darren supports the UK staying in the Customs Union

Darren was in Parliament today to support the UK staying in the Customs Union. He supported the following motion:

That this House notes that the EU is the UK’s largest export market for goods, accounting
for a total of £145bn of exports and £241bn of imports in 2016; further notes the
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Government’s expressed aim to secure the freest and most frictionless possible trade
in goods between the UK and the EU after 29 March 2019; notes the importance of
frictionless trade without tariffs, customs or border checks for manufacturers and
businesses across the country who trade with the EU; further notes that the free
circulation of goods on the island of Ireland is a consequence of the UK’s and Republic
of Ireland’s membership of the EU Customs Union; in addition notes the Government’s
commitment to (i), in the UK-EU joint report on progress during phase 1 of the Article 50
negotiations, the maintenance of North-South cooperation and the all-island economy
on the island of Ireland, (ii) the Belfast Agreement implemented in the Northern Ireland
Act 1998 remaining a fundamental principle of public policy and (iii) the continuation
of unfettered access for Northern Ireland’s businesses to the whole of the UK internal
market; and therefore calls on the Government to include as an objective in negotiations
on the future relationship between the UK and the EU the establishment of an effective
customs union between the two territories.

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Darren asks Government to get guarantees on GKN

GKN is a large firm which has just been taken over by Melrose, who have a record of liquidating firms.

GKN have two sites in the Bristol area, both of which are related to their Aerospace division. Melrose have guaranteed that they won’t sell off this part of the business for five years. But other Aerospace businesses based in the UK reliant on GKN’s presence say that they need this guarantee to be over five years, so they can plan ahead.

Watch what  Darren said, and what the Government had to say in reply, below:

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Darren calls for plastic waste legislation

MP for Bristol North West, Darren Jones has called for additional legalisation to reduce plastic pollution and protect the environment following yesterday’s (26/4/18) announcement of a Plastic Pact between businesses and government. Darren has already backed the Plastic Free Parliament campaign, called for a reduction in supermarket waste and supported the creation of a protected Blue Belt Marine reserve.

Darren said:

“It’s great news that 40 big businesses have pledged to cut their plastic waste over the next 7 years – but the duty to protect our environment from plastic can’t solely rely on businesses goodwill.

The government must urgently legislate to cut plastic pollution and protect our environment. Businesses must also pledge to reduce their plastic waste as soon as they can – rather than aim to do so by an arbitrary deadline”.

Darren speaks about Social media regulation

Darren spoke to activist think-tank WebRoots Democracy – who campaign new ways of voting, like e-voting – about social media regulation and our democracy.

This interview came in the context of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, where Facebook users had their data stolen for political purposes. Darren shared his views on how similar incidents might be prevented in the future, as well as the broader framework for the regulation of this emerging field.

You can watch the full interview here:

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Darren to host Modern Slavery event in Bristol

MP for Bristol North West, Darren Jones has pledged his continued support to the victims of modern slavery as a new bill makes its way to the House of Commons.

Darren said:

“ There are an estimated 10,000 to 13,000 people in modern slavery in the UK, however many experts agree that’s a huge underestimate. I’ve been championing their rights since becoming Bristol North West’s MP. I’ll continue to do that by supporting Lord McColl’s Private Members Bill when it comes through the House of Commons.

Victims need support over a longer period of time (than the current 45 days stipulated by government) to recover and be able to take the opportunities that programmes such as Co-op’s Bright Future provides. Only with support will victims regain control of their lives through paid employment.

I often meet victims at my surgeries – so this is an issue I take extremely seriously. I’m also fighting unethical working practises wherever I see them including tipping etiquette in restaurants, changes to Asda employee’s terms and conditions and the hostile takeover of GKN amongst others.

I’ll be hosting an event in June to continue to raise awareness of these matters and support local businesses to work with partners across Bristol, and further afield, to stamp out modern slavery in our city”.

You can read more about the Co-op and Global Citizen campaign here.

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Darren speaks to BBC about Melrose takeover of GKN

With the Government having waved through the US takeover of GKN – a firm employing nearly 2,000 people in and around Bristol – Darren was asked to talk about this on BBC Bristol. There are concerns around the impact of this takeover on jobs, defence (GKN is an Aerospace manufacturer, amongst other things) and other companies who rely on GKN for supplies.

Listen to the full interview here:

Darren continues E-cigarettes Inquiry

The Science and Technology Committee is examining the impact of electronic cigarettes on human health (including their effectiveness as a stop-smoking tool), the suitability of regulations guiding their use, and the financial implications of a growing market on both business and the NHS.

Today, Darren asked witnesses about communicating messages about e-cigarettes to the public, and the medical licensing of e-cigarettes.

The witnesses Darren questioned were Rob Morrison, Senior Regulatory Policy Executive, Advertising Standards Authority, Professor John Newton, Director of Health Improvement, Public Health England, Professor Gillian Leng, Deputy Chief Executive, National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, and Dr Ian Hudson, Chief Executive, Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency.

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Darren supports Windrush generation and offers help

Many from the Windrush Generation, people who moved to Britain in the 1950s and 1960s and have been here their entire lives, are now threatened by deportation. On this topic, Darren attended the Parliamentary Urgent Question about this, and said the following:

It’s really sad to hear that people who have been here legally their entire lives might be deported, because of Home Office admin issues. The Government needs to move quickly and give these people the security they deserve. I was happy to support David Lammy MP on this in the House today.

If you’re a constituent affected by this issue and you need help, please get in touch with my office.

Contact details for Darren’s office are available here: www.darren-jones.co.uk/contact

Furthermore, you can read more about this issue here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-43780621

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Darren congratulates Bristol Plays Music on winning funding

Bristol Plays Music, which helps children get the chance to play music, have recently been awarded over £1 million of Arts Council funding. Here’s what Darren had to say about this achievement:

Bristol Plays Music does an amazing job working to give as many children as possible the chance to experience music. I had access to similar schemes when I was at Portway School (now Oasis Academy) and fully support their win. Well done!

You can read Bristol 24/7’s report about this here: https://www.bristol247.com/culture/music/bristols-music-education-hub-awarded-1-million-arts-council-funding/